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Better formats for quality than Apple tv and iTunes?

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Have mercy on me as I am new to this part of the forum. I have an apple tv that I use to stream all of my itunes library to my Marantz SR5007 then out to my Definitive Technology speakers. I read somewhere about lossless apple tracks? Perhaps having an external hard rive or maybe a little computer as part of the setup with a different software host for all the music. I just don't know. I plan on doing some reading but was hoping to get some direction from you all thanks!
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I thought you'd get a better response here. Oh well, I'll try. I looked up your reciever and it apparently has airplay. That will allow streaming directly from itunes to your reciever without having to deal with apple tv. I think I'd give that a whirl first.

I notice your reciever also has a usb port. That should be able to play music files from usb flash drive or portable harddrive. You'll have to look in the documentation to see if it accepts apple lossless. This will probably require you have your display on to naviate to what you want.

Airplay is probably your best bet. You won't need your display on.
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Originally Posted by jlpowell84 View Post

Have mercy on me as I am new to this part of the forum. I have an apple tv that I use to stream all of my itunes library to my Marantz SR5007 then out to my Definitive Technology speakers. I read somewhere about lossless apple tracks? Perhaps having an external hard rive or maybe a little computer as part of the setup with a different software host for all the music. I just don't know. I plan on doing some reading but was hoping to get some direction from you all thanks!


On this website in the audio area you'll receive two different answers about sound quality. One camp believes based on scientific research that speakers are the component in a stereo system that makes an audible difference. Others will give you a subjective answer regarding their experience with equipment, heck they'll even tell you if you swap out the interconnects you'll hear a difference. So perhaps the lack of instant reponse is due to the fact that you're asking a sound quality question that many on this site are tried of answering or debating.

Your asking for better formats for quality. Please explain what format your audio files are saved in and played. For instance MP3 is a format for digital audio which uses a form of lossy data compression. Some say this method compresses data by discarding (losing) some of it. FLAC is a codec (format) which allows digital audio to be losslessly compressed such that file size is reduced without any information being lost. Again you'll hear the compression issue debated in that, is it audible.

I have listened to MP3 and FLACplayed through a Peachtree audio amp with Sonus Faber speaker, blind and to my ear I could hear a difference. That is my opinion.

Some in the audio world believe in critical listening arrangements it is "better" as you say, to use an uncompressed format to store and play audio files.
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So if I wanted to go the route of flac files or heck totally uncompressed audio file what would that process look like? Would I have to start from the original cds or can it be done from my itunes librabry? My itunes consists of mp3 and mp4's I believe.
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If you've bought and downloaded music from Amazon, iTunes, and such, they are in a compressed audio format (MP3 or AAC) that sacrifices some audio details for the sake of smaller files. However, the practical effect of this is minimal. You would be very hardpressed to hear a difference between those files and the original CDs in a fair comparison unless you are one of the rare people specifically trained to hear such things. So you're missing a little, but you're not missing much.

What little you are missing cannot be put back, however. You've just got to live with it.

If you rip from CDs, you can use the Apple Lossless format, which sacrifices nothing.
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Originally Posted by jlpowell84 View Post

So if I wanted to go the route of flac files or heck totally uncompressed audio file what would that process look like? Would I have to start from the original cds or can it be done from my itunes librabry? My itunes consists of mp3 and mp4's I believe.


Yes, you'll need to rerip the CD. If you already have it in apple lossless, then there are programs that will convert formats. My guess is you've ripped in the default 128 kb which is highly compressed, as such I'd rerip in apple lossless. You can always reconvert later.
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